June 14, 2009

Bits And Pieces

About two weeks ago, we had a serious hailstorm here. Only two miles away, cars and houses were drilled with hailstones the size of baseballs. Our house was hit with smaller ones, pictured here. (Ben gathered them up and put them in the freezer.) While I was at work, I had no idea anything was happening. I work inside a limestone edifice that is as quiet as a tomb. We were lucky at home because all the cars were elsewhere. We may have had minor roof damage.

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I visited my favorite garden last week, and look! No tulips, but these gorgeous monsters were there. Where'd they come from ? And what are they called?

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Yesterday I attended my first Pride Festival, if you don't count the one two years ago when I just came to sign up as a volunteer. Well, that volunteer job got me back there, this time as an attendee to a booth set up by our AIDS support center. I still had prep work for Sunday, so I brought it with me. I sat at the booth cutting out Bible bookmarks while giving away free condoms. If you think about it, they're both life-giving.

I couldn't leave the table to look around, but I had to get a shot of this man after he walked by. The best kilt ever.

Directly across the walk from our free condoms was this tent for a welcoming church. I took a photo with the hopes of someday being able to compare our own church's welcoming tent.



bigislandjeepguy said...

i have said it before, and will say it again:

you rock!

THIS IS ME....ONLINE said...

Glad your cars were safe. Did you ever get your dream car? I don't remember hearing.

I want those flowers. They must be some kind of bulb. Very cool.

Bible bookmarks and condoms....who'd had "thunk". :)

Ur-spo said...

those are alliums, a sort of onion actually.

Brian R said...

The combination of Bible bookmarks and condoms had me ROFL.

Rox said...

Alliums? They're gorgeous! The hail balls, notsomuch.

There isn't a Pride Parade anywhere near where I live. Too redneckish around these parts. It would be tough on a kid to be gay around here. :o(

Greg said...

I love purple globe alliums. Mine just finished blooming, actually. That's a _very_ happy planting you've found! Been then, Pride does that to everyone!!

Anonymous said...

Someday indeed!! May it be so sooner than later!!

evilganome said...

Using condoms for Bible bookmarks. If they printed verses on them I have a feeling they would have to come from Solomon.

I hope someday very soon you are able to attend Pride volunteering in a booth for your church.

tornwordo said...

I'm jealous about the hailstorm. We still haven't had a thunderstorm this year and I'm majorly jonesing.